The history of the Mustang Owners Club (NSW) has been simple, fairly unspectacular, some would even say reserved, based on a “get on with business” attitude in building a big, strong and friendly club. Like most other clubs, this didn’t come easily.
The club’s inaugural outing was a run attended by 30 families on Sunday 12th November 1978, all of whom became the basis of our first membership. The club then became a member of the Combined Ford Club (C.F.C) in December 1978, which led to the Mustang’s first appearance at the 3rd annual All Ford Day held at Greens Motorcade in July 1979. By 1980 our membership had grown to 65, this year was also the last All Ford Day attended by the club, for some time, due to a lack of interest. This lack of interest also brought about the demise of the club in 1981.
The Club then reformed in mid 1981 and gained the “Official Seal” in December of that year. The inauguration celebration was on 7 February 1982 and in that same year; the club also became a state branch member of the Mustang Owners Club of Australia Inc. (MOCA).1984 marked the return of the club to All Ford Day, which had now moved to Peter Warren Ford Liverpool – 45 Mustangs were on display that year. We still maintain a presence at All Ford Day each year with a display of 60 Mustangs.
Our Club has been growing steadily over the years, with now around 500 plus members, and recognised as one of the largest clubs under the Australian banner of MOCA. We are also bigger than a lot of the Mustang clubs in the USA.
We in NSW, cater equally for all types, derivatives and year models of Mustangs may it be – Original, Modified, Show or Daily Driver. Our member’s cars range from the very earliest model – 1964 1/2 – to current including the first 1999 model converted to RHD in Australia. We are driven by a number of goals being the preservation and restoration of the marque; enjoying and promoting the Mustang; being in the company of other Mustang owners not only from our state, but also other states of Australia. We often welcome and encourage overseas visitors to join us at our meetings or any of our runs. We enjoy fund raising for many charities, including the Westmead Children’s Hospital, to which we have donated over $30,000. We have also donated sizeable amounts to other worthy charities.
We have a minimum of one club run each month may it be Car Show, Display, Concours, Fun Cruises, weekends away or Judges Training Days etc we have got it covered. We also have a big national event known as the National Concours each Easter weekend. Each state has a turn at being “host state” for the National Concours every 5 years.
Our monthly club meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at Merrylands RSL at 8pm. We are affiliated with the RSL and this, in itself, is an Australian first. The RSL Club offers us somewhere permanent to hold our meetings and social events along with the opportunity of using all the RSL facilities. We are included in community projects that the RSL is involved in.
If you are thinking about or looking for help and information on buying a Mustang, or currently own a Mustang, and have an interest in becoming a member of a very strong and active Mustang club, please contact us – we will be only to happy to help out. Hope you enjoy the rest of our Website!
The Club holds monthly meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of the calendar month
Merrylands RSL in the upstairs in the Osprey Room
8:00pm until about 10:30pm